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Friday, June 6
No games scheduled. Game 2 between the Lakers and Celtics is Sunday at 9 p.m. in Boston.

STAR
Thursday
-Paul Pierce, Celtics, scored 22 points to lead Boston to a 98-88 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA finals.

PIERCE PERSEVERES
Paul Pierce led the Celtics to a tense 98-88 victory over Los Angeles on Thursday night in Game 1 of the NBA finals. Pierce's dramatic return after injuring his knee in the third quarter and being carried from the court will be added to the annals of Celtics-Lakers lore, taking a spot alongside Magic Johnson's baby sky hook and Kevin McHale's clothesline of Kurt Rambis. Kevin Garnett scored 24 points, Pierce finished with 22 - 11 after getting hurt - and Ray Allen, the third member of Boston's Big 3, added 19 for the Celtics, who are chasing a 17th NBA championship.

SPEAKING
``I wasn't trying to imitate him. I'm just glad I was able to get back out there.'' - Paul Pierce, whose third-quarter comeback from a knee injury in the Celtics' 98-88 victory over the Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA finals Thursday night drew immediate comparisons to Willis Reed, the former New York Knicks great who hobbled onto the court of Madison Square Garden before Game 7 of the 1970 finals against the Lakers.

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